The Design of a Robot Mind: A Theoretical Approach to Issues in Intelligence

  • Earl Hunt
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 14)


As I write sounds drift into my room. I have finished my morning coffee. Will my writing be successful?

What would a properly programmed computer need to know to answer this question? Some information about relatively permanent, historical facts would be of use. What were my school grades and intelligence test scores? Temporary information would be needed. Did I sleep well last night? What are those outside sounds? Was the coffee decaffeinated, or perhaps Irish?

A comprehensive psychology of cognition should deal with all such influences on thinking. Calls for such approaches have been made before (Cronbach, 1957; Underwood, 1975). This paper is an attempt to go further, by sketching a general theoretical framework for thinking about thinking, and using it to develop some hypotheses about individual performance.


Short Term Memory Long Term Memory Conflict Resolution Verbal Ability Spreading Activation 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Earl Hunt
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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